our peaceful interpretation of Christianity, and has no right, therefore, to measure him by any higher standard than its own.
He joined with the Executive Committee of the1
American Anti-Slavery Society in recommending a wide-spread observance of December 2, the day on which John Brown
was to be hung.
At the solemn Boston
Tremont Temple, presided over by Samuel E. Sewall
, he was greeted with great applause as he came forward to read Brown
's address to the Court
which had sentenced him to die for ‘treason’ to Virginia
Every line of this address Mr. Garrison
, both from principle and experience, was able to invest with a kindred feeling of moral elevation.
In the first place, I deny everything but what I have all3 along admitted—the design on my part to free the slaves.
I intended, certainly, to have made a clean thing of that matter, as I did last winter, when I went into Missouri, and there took slaves without the snapping of a gun on either side, moved them through the country, and finally left them in Canada.
I designed to have done the same thing again,4 on a larger scale.
That was all I intended.
I never did intend murder, or treason, or the destruction of property, or to excite or incite slaves to rebellion, or to make insurrection.
I have another objection: and that is, it is unjust that I should suffer such a penalty.
Had I interfered in the manner which I admit, and which I admit has been fairly proved (for I admire the truthfulness and candor of the greater portion of the witnesses who have testified in this case)—had I so interfered in behalf of the rich, the powerful, the intelligent, the so-called great, or in behalf of any of their friends, either father, mother, brother, sister, wife, or children, or any of that class, and suffered and sacrificed what I have in this interference, it would have been all right, and every man in this court would have deemed it an act worthy of reward rather than punishment.
This court acknowledges, as I suppose, the validity of the law of God.
I see a book kissed here which I suppose to be the Bible, or at least the New Testament.
That teaches me that all things whatsoever I would that men should do me, I should do